Q: How does a toothache get started?
A: What actually causes the pain of a toothache is your body’s reaction to an infection. A toothache certainly is one of life’s more unpleasant experiences. It can start as a dull throb and escalate to the point of excruciating pain. A couple of things are certain: a toothache is a sign of a problem and that problem should get prompt professional attention.
Generally, a toothache is the result of decay in the tooth. When a cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth it can let in the bacteria that cause infection. The body fights the infection by increasing blood flow to the infected area. But since the tooth’s pulp and nerve are encased in enamel, the pressure of the increased blood flow causes the swelling and pain that are the trademarks of the toothache.
As the infection spreads to the periodontal ligament, the membrane that holds the tooth in its socket, you will experience pain when the affected tooth comes in contact with another tooth. Anti-inflammatory drugs like naprosen or ibuprofen may ease the pain of a toothache, but they won’t cure the cause. Call the dentist at the first sign of a toothache.
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